If it can be done outdoors, it can be found at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition and Arizona Boat Show (ISE). Arizona’s 17th annual ISE returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale March 23-26. The hours for Thurs., Fri., Sat., are 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Outdoor enthusiasts will be treated to a variety of show attractions, nearly all of which are free with show entry. The Action Water Sports giant Watersports Pond spotlights pro wakeboarders, as well as kayak and stand-up paddleboard demos. Top pros will teach fishing techniques at the Aquarium Tank. Visitors can test ATVs and UTVs at the Offroad Test Track, or get free casting lessons from the Desert Fly Casters and Arizona Flycasters. Try your hand at finding treasure during the on-site geocaching adventure. Plus, meet the Wilderness Man, Todd Jostes, to learn about survival techniques, tools, and natural medicines. Dan Kidder, the Gear Guru, will answer product-related questions at the Outdoor Product Showcase, where visitors can see and sign up to win gear. Competitive visitors can enter the Best-of-the-West finals at the giant High Impact Archery Range, or the new fly-casting contest.
There will be plenty of hands-on fun for kids, too. Free activities include two catch-and-release fishing ponds, a casting area and an archery shoot. There’s also a zipline ride and rock-climbing wall for thrill seekers of all ages.
“After a successful 2016 show at WestWorld of Scottsdale, we’re looking forward to making the 2017 Scottsdale International Sportsmen’s Expo and Arizona Boat Show bigger and better than ever,” said Brian Layng, ISE CEO and President. “Serious outdoor enthusiasts and casual explorers will find new adventures, new gear and destinations, and we bet new friends, too.”
This expo is also home to the Valley’s only boat show, the Arizona Boat Show, which will feature its largest selection ever. Fifteen dealers will offer 40 brands and more than 120 boats, from fishing to sport to pleasure models, plus rafts, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The Arizona Boat Show includes marinas and marine accessory exhibitors. An expanded display of recreational vehicles from several Valley dealers is another area that spotlights the show’s tremendous growth.
Unique show attractions include watersports Pond, including wakeboard, kayak and stand-up paddleboard demos. Along with an outdoor product showcase, offroad test track, giant aquarium tank, adventure theater, and meet the AZ Taxidermy Assoc. State Championship in person. Other attractions include trophy elk and deer displays, archery range and contest, fly-casting seminars and contest, Brass Pro Shop Youth Fair with free activities for kids, and a climbing wall and zipline. Admission is $14 daily for adults. Children younger than age 15 are free with a paid adult.